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TL;DR - Exploring the concept of a portable laser cutter on wheels similar to the Goliath CNC router. Looking for your input on its feasibility and potential implementation.

Hey DIY Perks Community,

I've long been a fan of DIY Perks and its innovative projects. Today, I'm here with an idea that's been brewing in my mind, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts, and hopefully, even catch the attention of the mastermind behind DIY Perks.

Like many of you, I've always wanted to own a laser cutter, but the space requirements and the need for a safe filtration system have been obstacles. That's until I stumbled upon the Goliath CNC (Link). This tool has revolutionized the idea of a CNC router by placing it on wheels, freeing it from the constraints of a frame, and allowing it to work on larger pieces than itself. The concept is brilliant and it got me thinking...

What if we could apply this same concept to a laser cutter?

Imagine combining the clean and precise operation of compact laser cutters like Rendyr and LaserPecker 2 with the mobility of the Goliath CNC. We would have a portable, space-efficient laser cutter on wheels capable of handling large projects with ease.

Although I'm passionate about this idea, my technical skills aren't quite up to the task of bringing it to life. So, I'm reaching out to this community, and especially Matt, to share your insights.

Is this idea feasible? What technical challenges might we encounter? How could we potentially make this concept a reality? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I can't wait to hear your thoughts and get the conversation started!

Posted : 12/06/2023 9:39 am
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Just my 2c, but while I love the idea, the safety aspect is probably too much for Matt to risk. There's a serious risk of blinding from these devices and you can't see the beam - even if it hits you right in the eye and even the reflections are potentially dangerous to vision. Not just for the operator but for anyone nearby.

If you really want to do this, there are kits available that mount on existing 3D printers and are operated with GCode. I'm not sticking my neck out and telling you why for obvious reasons!

Some things are just better of left to a professional. Here's a YouTuber who has both the expertise AND the equipment (not to mention the self-control and common sense) to work with very powerful lasers.

Damn his eyes! 🙂

I converted my microwave into a LASER oven! - YouTube

This post was modified 1 year ago by marcdraco

Take everything I say with a pinch of salt, I might be wrong!

Posted : 14/06/2023 1:29 am